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Toulmin Model of Argument

Slip or Trip?
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Hena Mughal

on 1 October 2012

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Transcript of Toulmin Model of Argument

So What? Claim Evidence What's your point? What have you got to go on? What does the evidence prove? This should justify the argument and elaborate it, rather than restate it. Toulmin Model of Argument After Margaret and her husband Charles got into a fight, she stormed out of the house and left him at home alone. Margaret drove to her country club where a party was going on. Everyone there complimented Margaret on her dress and how well it fit her slender figure and this made her feel a little better.
Margaret left just before one in the morning and invited a few friends to follow her home for one more drink of punch. She got home ten minutes before they arrived, but when her friends rang the doorbell, Margaret ran outside, saying, “Something terrible happened! Charles slipped and fell on the stairs. He was coming down for a drink of water—he still had the glass in his hand—and I think he’s dead. Oh my God, what should I do?”
The police concluded that Charles died from a wound on the head. What do you think happened?
You are a member of the investigative team. Analyze the evidence in Margaret’s story and the picture, and look for clues for how and why the incident occurred. Once you’ve gathered the evidence, make your claim. What happened to Charles? Directions:
1. Evaluate the DATA
2. IDENTIFY your claim.
3. FIND reliable evidence to support that specific claim.
4. BUILD your "So What?" connection. What does the evidence suggest? How does it support your claim? Slip or Trip? What is your stance? What is Argument? - dialogue intended to persuade; it appeals to logic; using your thinking skills to illustrate something for your audience, and getting them to understand and agree with your point!

- a set of points meant to prove that a particular conclusion (thesis) is true When writing an argument: First, come up with a claim (or thesis: what you are trying to prove) based on your evidence.
Next, write the evidence, one piece of evidence at a time.
Then, make the “so what?” connection of how your evidence supports your claim. This is the logic part that causes you to think.
Last, provide additional backing by furthering the “so what?” connection. Backing
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